Copper could save the NHS millions
There’s no denying that the NHS is under incredible strain at the minute; rising waiting times, strikes, missed targets and an increasing deficit mean that the almost 70-year-old institution is at risk of becoming obsolete. However, despite all of the this, according to a report, the aptly titled “superbugs” are the number one problem for healthcare systems, causing them to spend trillions of pounds worldwide treating patients battling the illnesses and getting them under control. However, one of Britain’s most revolutionary companies is highlighting how a simple, everyday metal can help bring infections under control.
Copper Clothing specialises in creating copper infused bed sets, pyjamas, everyday clothing, surgical face masks and gloves but to name a few, and has highlighted how the innovative products can help hospitals to keep the spread of infections to a minimum thanks to copper’s naturally anti-bacterial nature.
Rory Donnelly, R&D Director of Copper Clothing, said, “Copper is an affordable, non-chemical, non-drug, non-invasive, environmentally friendly and long-term sustainable solution to preventing the spread of nosocomial diseases. There have been numerous tests and research into the incredible benefits of copper and how they help to cut down on the spread of both minor and more serious infections, which makes the material ideal for use in hospitals.”
Superbugs have become rife in hospitals across the UK, despite numerous measures to combat the issue. The deadly MRSA, norovirus, and C difficile are three of the most common, however there are thousands of other bugs that can easily be transmitted from clothing and surfaces – especially in large buildings with many people such as hospitals.
If a hospital experiences an outbreak, wards are often shutdown, with further precautions taken to stop the spread. This comes at a significant cost to the already financially stretched NHS, while causing disruption for patents and staff, and can even have deadly effects.
A ten-week trial on a medical ward undertaken in 2008 found that copper items has 95% fewer bugs on their surface whenever they were tested. A set of taps, a toilet seat and a push plate on an entrance door were all replaced with copper versions, and when compared to their steel counterparts, the numbers always fell on the copper surfaces, but didn’t on steel.
Copper Clothing uses innovative technology to design and make the copper materials to enable to them to be just as soft and wearable as normal cotton fabric. Copper is also notoriously great at keeping odours under control, so can help keep hospitals smelling clean and fresh all day.
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Copper Clothing, established in 2012, has built a pipeline of products advancing the applications of copper technology to provide a natural, sustainable, non-chemical, cost effective solution to combat the spread of infectious diseases. Products include anti-fungal compression socks, soft anti-MRSA pyjamas and anti-odour pet blankets.